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American Forest Kindergarten association

We STILL have openings on the Board & would love to hear from YOU!

Our Mission:

AFKA advances the Forest Kindergarten model through education, advocacy, and collaboration.

We envision a learning community where:

- Forest kindergartens thrive in providing a safe, accessible, and inclusive educational experience;

- Educators are trained in place-based pedagogues that center local cultures and ecologies; and

- Teachers, families, and advocates work together to promote nature-based learning in all early childhood settings.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all seats are filled.

What do Board members do?

The Board of Directors holds responsibility and care for the organization and those that it serves.  Directors are tasked with: refining the vision for the organization; providing guidance and oversight to ensure its continued success; promoting diversity, equity and inclusion; establishing policies to guide, outreach, and exercise influence to leverage partnership and resources, ensuring the procurement and effective management of resources.

Board participation is entirely remote at this time. 

Each Board Director commits to:

  • One year term, after which the number of terms served is limitless
  • Engage in board process and procedure, as delineated by AFKA By-Laws
  • Attend quarterly board meetings (2-3hrs each). Board Meetings are held on Sundays between 9am-12pm (pst)
  • Contribute an estimated time of 6-10 hours per month towards board meetings, committee meetings, and assigned tasks
  • Join one+ Board committee(s), participating actively in committee work
  • Volunteer for and willingly accept assignments and complete them thoroughly and on time
  • Stay informed about committee matters, prepare for meetings, and reviews and comments on minutes and reports
  • Get to know other board directors and to build collegial working relationships
  • Help to develop fundraising plans and participate in fundraising for the organization (as opportunities arise)
  • Maintain knowledge of the organization and a personal commitment to its goals and objectives
  • Participate in the advancement of AFKA’s strategic plan

Preferred qualifications- one or more of the following:

  • Bookkeeping and accounting experience
  • Understanding of non-profit organizational management, leadership, and operations
  • Marketing, social media management, and PR knowledge
  • Legal expertise
  • Background in community engagement and advocacy
  • Grant writing and fundraising experience
  • Capacity to lead alongside a team and embrace ingenuity

Please find the AFKA Board of Director's Application here!

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